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Cabinet Maker Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Cabinet Makers earn an average of $16.36 per hour. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than a third enjoy medical while nearly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one-tenth. Most Cabinet Makers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$29,479 - $70,750
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MEDIAN: $45,000
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$11.66 - $24.80
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,479 - $70,750  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,913 - $55,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $24.80  
   
Overtime
$15.44 - $33.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,913 - $55,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 425
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Job Description for Cabinet Maker

Cabinet makers work with a variety of materials, including wood, laminate, and steel. They work in both residential and commercial settings to build and install cabinetry and storage sections. In some situations, cabinet makers are also designers; in others, they are simply required to be able to read and follow blueprints and implement the vision of a designer or architect.

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Cabinet Maker Tasks

  • Trim and verify dimensions before fastening and adhering components; sanding, staining, sealing and painting surfaces; and adding hardware.
  • Cut and shape selected wood by operating power saws, planers, sanders, jointers, routers, and nailers.
  • Build cabinets with the aid of blueprints, specifications, and part calculations.
  • Prepare cost and time estimates in addition to conserving use of equipment and supplies.

Common Career Paths for Cabinet Maker


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Cabinet Makers who slip into positions like Cabinetmaker Foreman (where the median salary is $44K), but it does happen from time to time. With an annual salary of $39K, Bench Carpenter Cabinetmaker is the most common role for Cabinet Makers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Kitchen Cabinet Maker role — which usually pays $35K — is also typical for Cabinet Makers, though less common by comparison.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Cabinet Makers who took the survey. Those who have experience with CNC/NC, Blueprints, and Cabinetry Installation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Cabinetry Installation and Blueprints, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Cabinet Maker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Cabinet Makers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $29K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. On average, Cabinet Makers make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Cabinet Makers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $41K on average.

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Experience Affects Cabinet Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Cabinet Maker Salaries

National Average
$37,000

CNC/NC
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 11%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 62%